Weekly News - July 29, 2022

A gift to our daily lunch program from a lunch guest! 

Celebrant/Homilist Schedule

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, July 30, 5:30 pm

Fr. Kirby Rust

Sunday, July 31, 9:30 am

Fr. Kirby Rust

Sunday, July 31, Noon

Fr. Kirby Rust

Sunday, July 31, 5:30 pm

Fr. Kirby Rust

 Please note: Celebrant/Homilist schedule subject to change.

Did you know?

During Sunday 9:30 Masses,

should a parent feel the need to step out

to calm a child, you are welcome to view

the Mass live-streamed in the Undercroft.

From Deacon Stephan Phelps

My Dearest Cathedral Family,

Someone once told me that it takes a special person to realize the limitations they may have. But it takes a greater person to accept and embrace those limitations.

This past Monday, July 25, 2022, I turned seventy years old thus marking the end of my full-time ministry assignment at this beloved Cathedral I have been so honored to serve for the past fourteen-plus years. I look back on so many wonderful experiences. We have laughed together, celebrated together, and yes, cried together. But it is now time for me to be honest with myself, and with you.

As many of you know, I have been facing some significant medical challenges for the past several years after being diagnosed with terminal renal cancer in late 2018. While I have now been cancer free for almost three years, I still undergo regular immune therapy infusions every six weeks.

When we returned to a full Mass schedule after COVID restrictions were lifted, I found that my stamina was greatly reduced, having only enough energy for one Sunday morning liturgy. Mornings are the hardest time of the day for me. But more than that, I sincerely believe that your Cathedral and Father Martin deserve a Deacon who can fully serve in this ordained ministry, without the limitations I have.

To expand on the above comment, I would be remiss without mentioning our Rector/Pastor. Father Martin has been a dear and very close friend of mine for many years. During my challenging times he could not have provided more support, compassion and a genuine concern for my personal health. After all, that is what Pastors do, and that is why God called him to the ministry he treasures every day of his life.

Please know I do not approach this occasion with melancholy, actually just the opposite. I truly feel it is now my opportunity to once again return to where this all began. To once again sit next to you, my fellow parishioners, and to once again live and embrace the true meaning of community, no matter what role any of us may play.

I close with simply stating this: thank you. Thank you for giving me an honor far more than I ever deserved. Thank you for understanding the decision I truly must make. And most important, thank you for your love and support when I needed it the most, especially when facing the sudden death of my dear wife Helen. 


You are truly a blessed faith community and my fervent prayer now, and in the future, will always be that God abundantly bless each and every one of you.

Deacon P. Stephan Phelps

Feastday Fest!

Be a tourist in your own church! 

Your stay-cation event is Saturday, August 13, beginning with 5:30 pm Mass. 

We invite all to celebrate our Cathedral Feast Day, The Feast of the Assumption, as a parish family. Archbishop Fabre will be the presider for the Mass and will stay for our parish celebration.

When Mass concludes, take a few minutes to see the sights! You can stay in church for docents to highlight aspects of our historic Cathedral or take a tour of the Organ Loft with our Director of Music, Dr. Philip Brisson. Go to the lower level and hear where so much of Catholic Louisville had its birthplace, visit the Chapel of the Bishops, tour Sandefur Dining Room where lunch is served daily, or cross the street to the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center where Fr. Kirby Rust will channel our first bishop, Benedict Joseph Flaget. Rumor has it Mother Catherine Spalding may also join us!

Don’t lose your way. Come back to the Undercroft to share a meal and join in some fun activities for all ages.

Click here to make reservations

by August 8. 

Fifth Sunday Collection for House of Ruth is this weekend. Most needed items are deodorant and shampoo. Other items welcome are toothpaste, single toothbrushes, bleach, laundry detergent pods and non-perishable food items. Monetary donations are also appreciated.  

Thinking of Becoming Catholic?

If you have thought of becoming Catholic, or if you have questions about the Catholic Church, RCIA classes for the coming year will begin in September. Please contact Pastoral Associate George Kaissieh,   gkaissieh@cathedraloftheassumption.org,

if you want to sign up or find out more information.

2022-23 Religious Education Program for Children and Youth

Religious Education Classes, grades preK-8th and High School, will begin Sunday, August 21, after the 9:30 Mass in the Patterson Building. At the Cathedral of the Assumption we offer sacramental preparation in the 2nd grade for Reconciliation and 1st Communion and in the 8th grade for Confirmation.  You may register by clicking the online form below.

Online Registration Form Link

Class Dates Link

Hey, Golden Stars!

As we prepare to celebrate our Feast Day Fest On Saturday, August 13th beginning with 5:30 Mass, let’s go back to our roots and take a deep dive into our illustrious history! We are looking forward to meeting up with friends as we become tourists together thru our magnificent Cathedral.  Please RSVP by August 8 by clicking here. 

Time to re-start your devotion to the Blessed Mother?

Saints almost universally agree that the best way to draw closer to Jesus is through the heart of His Blessed Mother. If you haven’t yet, why not give the Archdiocesan First Saturday Devotion a try? Each month the Devotion focuses on a different mystery of the Rosary. The next Devotion is on Saturday, August 6 at the Cathedral of the Assumption with Mass starting at 9 am and the Devotional Holy Hour and Sacrament of Penance following at 9:30 am. The Devotion includes Eucharistic Adoration, Fatima prayers, the Rosary with Meditations, and special beautiful sacred music this month by soprano Sarah Nettleton Cleary! Let this Devotion be a staple of your prayer life! This First Saturday Devotion is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Marian Committee.  

Gala to Honor Archbishop Emeritus Joseph E. Kurtz

Race for Belonging:

Catholic Disability Gala

to honor Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Kurtz for his past service with the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD). Join the celebration at St. Louis Bertrand Church (1104 S. Sixth Street, Louisville KY) on Saturday, August 27. Following Mass at 4:15 pm, tour the Shrine of Saint Margaret of Castello (patron saint of persons with disabilities), then enjoy cocktails, silent auction, and dinner. Proceeds will provide clergy and lay leaders with training to support persons with disabilities and their families in the Church. For cost and registration information, visit NCPD.org/CatholicDisability or call 781- 951-4553. Please register by August 15.


This year marks the 173rd St. Joe’s Picnic For the Kids and getting together to support the mission of giving children a home.


This year’s event takes place on Friday, August 12 from 5-10 pm and Saturday, August 13 from Noon - Midnight. Come out to this free, family-friendly event and support St. Joe’s by playing carnival & casino games, enjoying the delicious food & drinks, and buying chances for raffle items. Picnic is held on our campus at 2823 Frankfort Avenue, with free parking available onsite. Overflow parking with free shuttle service is also available on Saturday at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Parking Lot off Grinstead Drive. Friday night includes a FREE performance by The Crashers. Free live music on Saturday by Rearview Mirror. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event for a great cause. We can’t wait to see you there!

Visit sjkids.org/picnic for more information. 




hangs out with some pretty interesting folks...

and he'll be here with us at the Cathedral September 12, 13, 14!

Cathedral Parish Mission

for the Whole Household


Fr. Jim Sichko

60 Minutes for Jesus

Fr. Jim Sichko is a full time preacher, evangelist and motivational speaker based in the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky.

In February of 2016, Pope Francis commissioned Fr. Jim as one of his Papal Missionaries of Mercy of which there are only 1000 in the world, 100 in the United States.

Fr. Jim uses real life experiences and ties those experiences into the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

Known for his presentations entitled "60 minutes for Jesus," each talk is geared for all in a family household with no exceptions.

To learn more about Father Jim, go to:



Informational Meetings:
8/2, 9/6 @ 5:45pm
Individual meetings available upon request.
Email to RSVP: KaylaC@SJKids.org
Phone: (502) 893-0241 ext. 204
Visit our website at: www.SJKIDS.org

An offering from the Earth and Spirit Center

UltimaZone Concert

Friday, August 5, 7-8:30 pm


Attendees will be treated to an instrumental journey through rhythm, melody and resonance and a sonic voyage into subconscious and super-conscious realms…. all set to captivating visuals he’s filmed throughout the US, including when he was Artist In Residence in the Florida Everglades and in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. The end result is vitalizing yet calming, heart-opening and inspiring. Think of a musical sound-bath with awe-inspiring visuals from nature’s finest to greatly enhance the experience. 

Watch video

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